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Does snow enrich the soil?

June 4, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Weather

That snow fertilizes the soil is an old belief that has some scientific foundation. Many farmers expect good crops after a winter of heavy snowfall. An old English rhyme runs: Year of snow Fruit will grow. In 1729 William Byrd of Westover wrote as follows of southern Virginia: ”The Soil wou’d also want the advantages of Frost, …

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What does “fort” in “fortnight” mean?

May 31, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Fortnight is a contraction of fourteen nights. The latter phrase, in the sense of a period of two weeks, was used in England as early as 1000 A.D., when it was used in a translation of the laws of Ine, who was King of the West Saxons in the seventh century. Fortnight has been gradually falling into disuse, …

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